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■ Sun­day: wel­come re­cep­tion at Sor­rento ■ Mon­day: Cid Har­bour to Nara In­let ■ Tues­day: Nara In­let to Tongue Bay ■ Wed­nes­day: Tongue Bay to White­haven Beach ■ Thurs­day: Free day, head to South Molle Is­land ■ Fri­day: Fun­nel Bay to Air­lie Beach ■ Satur­day: Air­lie Beach for this first-time chal­lenge

Those par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pete in four dif­fer­ent races ac- com­panied by their fam­i­lies and friends on board their own or char­tered sail­ing or mo­tor yacht. Mr Cole said while he would have loved to have seen dou­ble the amount of peo­ple sign up, he was still very ex­cited about the event.

“It’s some­thing re­ally new and ex­cit­ing. It’s re­ally go­ing to be a fun event,” he said.

Mr Cole said SUP wasn’t a hard sport to learn, with the chal­lenge of­fer­ing the op­por­tu­nity for both ex­pe­ri­enced and am­a­teurs to test their skills.

“(It’s) open to any­body,” he said, adding the num­ber of peo­ple to be seen out on the wa- ter on their stand up pad­dle­boards in the Whit­sun­days was in­creas­ing.

“It’s one of the fastest grow­ing sports in the world.”

The chal­lenge’s fi­nal day on May 23 will be held off Air­lie Beach and Mr Cole has put the call out for ev­ery­one to come along.

“If you can’t get away for the week, then on Satur­day we’d like to see as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to help sup­port this event,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter for the event, go to www.whit­sun­day­supchal­lenge.com.

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